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Stop everything and look at these sweet newly hatched penguins

The weather is terrible, but not everything is: The New England Aquarium has welcomed four little blue penguins, and as the resident crazy penguin lady, I felt obliged to tell you.

Just try to tell me their wee faces aren’t making your day better. All together now: Awww!

Little blue penguins, also known as fairy penguins, are the smallest of the 18 different penguin species in the world. Their name is derived from their blue hue and their diminutive stature.

‘Desperately seeking road kill’ in the form of ‘less fortunate frogs’

A wood frog gives off death spasms after being hit by a vehicle on Route 5 in Springfield, Vt., on April 22, 2014. A volunteer crossing brigade spent several hours of the night helping many amphibians cross the road safely, though they couldn’t reach all the travelers in time. (Valley News – Will Parson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

From the Norwich listserv this morning:

6. desperately seeking road kill
From: “ryan.calsbeek@dartmouth.edu” <ryan.calsbeek@dartmouth.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:59:27 -0700


This week promises rainy days and the coming of the spring frog populations. Many of these frogs will cross roads on their way to breeding sites in vernal pools. Some frogs are luckier than others and as Kermit was fond of saying “its not easy bein’ green”.


Should you happen upon the less fortunate frogs in your commute home, I would be most grateful if you would hop on over,  bag them up for me and drop me an email. Please note the location where each frog croaked (see what I did there?).


We will also gladly accept your road-killed salamanders.

morbidly yours


Reminds me of the documentary Cane Toads: An Unnatural History, which it seems you can actually watch in full on YouTube.

Report your New Hampshire rabbit sightings

Not this kind of New Hampshire rabbit sighting …

​Emmett Hoyt, 2, of South Royalton, #VT, is not yet ready to sit with the Easter Bunny at the pancake breakfast hosted by the Enfield-Mascoma Lioness Club in Enfield, #NH, on Saturday. “We’ve been working on this all morning,” said his mother, Jodi Hoyt, at right, with a laugh. She still remembers the terror of being plopped onto the Easter Bunny’s lap as a kid, “so I didn’t want to force him,” she said. Hoyt tried again a little later, and that time he was ready to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap. Dan Bowlin, of Enfield, was in costume for the event. 🔸 More at www.vnews.com/instagram. Link in profile. 🔸 (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck @hauck45​) #uppervalley #upval #royaltonvt #enfieldnh #vnewsuv #photojournalism #easter #easterbunny #bunny #holiday #celebrate #notsure #skepitcal #saycheese #603 #802 #🧐 #🐰

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… This one! According to a news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game on Friday, “it’s nesting season for rabbits in New Hampshire, and that means the time is right to submit your rabbit sightings to NH Rabbit Reports at nhrabbitreports.org.”

Photo courtesy New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

“NH Rabbit Reports is a citizen science project sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. The project is collecting data, photos, and sighting information to help researchers better understand the distribution and potential abundance of rabbit species in the Granite State.”

(This is the same group Amanda wrote about in October.)

And if you find baby rabbits: Remember, more often than not, they are totally fine and do not need to be moved!

Via Den Herder Veterinary Hospital.

RELATED: Hey, New Hampshire: Report yer rabbit sightings

PSA: Billings Farm has lotsa cute baby animals

Two days-old Berkshire piglets at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. (Courtesy Tom Remp, Billings Farm & Museum)


Get your fix of adorable creatures on Friday and Saturday during Billings Farm & Museum’s annual Baby Animal Celebration. The event, now in its sixth year, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days and offers a variety of infant animals for you to squeal over.

(Our Calendar editor, Liz Sauchelli, saw the animals in person this week and has confirmed that they are darling.)

The celebration will take place at the Woodstock site. Admission for adults is $16; ages 62 and over, $14; children 5-15, $8; and ages 3-4, $4. Children ages 2 and under are free.

Read more about the event here.